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Technology House panel asks Apple, Google if app makers must reveal foreign ties

01:05  15 december  2019
01:05  15 december  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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Neither Apple nor Google responded to requests for comment. Because of concern about TikTok, which is under scrutiny from the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), ByteDance has stepped up efforts to separate the app from much of its Chinese operations.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chair of a congressional panel wrote letters to Alphabet's Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and to Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) on Friday to ask what if any disclosures mobile apps are required to make regarding overseas ties , a concern that follows reports of Chinese

The US is growing increasingly suspicious of foreign-made apps. House national security subcommittee chairman Rep. Stephen Lynch has sent letters to Apple and Google asking whether or not they require app developers to disclose "potential overseas affiliations" before software shows up in their respective stores. The congressman is worried about claims that apps like TikTok, Grindr and FaceApp may be providing sensitive data to the governments of China and Russia.

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Lynch speculated that these countries could use the data to blackmail and recruit American government workers, or obtain "undue foreign influence" on US policy. He also imagined a scenario where hostile countries could use the data to profile everyday US citizens for the sake of future diplomatic and military battles.

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The chair of a U.S. congressional panel wrote to Alphabet Google and to Apple on Friday to ask what if Stephen Lynch, chairman of a subcommittee of the House of Representatives Oversight Neither Apple nor Google responded to requests for comment. Because of concern about TikTok, which is

The chair of a congressional panel wrote letters to Alphabet Google and to Apple on Friday to ask what if any disclosures mobile apps are required to make regarding overseas ties , a concern that follows reports of Chinese investment in popular apps like TikTok and Grindr. Rep.

Apple and Google haven't commented so far.

There's no clear evidence that companies like have sent sensitive info to less-than-friendly government agencies. TikTok owner ByteDance, for example, has maintained that its US operations are detached from those in China. However, that hasn't satisfied critics concerned about China's influence, such as TikTok temporarily pulling a video highlighting China's mistreatment of Uighur Muslims. The US government went so far as to make Kunlun sell Grindr by June 2020 to eliminate any questions of security risks. Apple and Google won't necessarily be forced to reveal foreign roots for mobile apps, but they'll undoubtedly be under pressure to explain their roles in distributing those apps.

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